LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals Course

Inspiration and Support for Working with Young Children

The Pinch Hitter: She had always loved baseball. Somehow miraculously she was hired onto the team! Sitting in the dugout, she was so inspired and amazed to find herself there! Then all of a sudden, the batter was injured and she was called up. It was then that she realized she really didn’t know how to swing a bat and was unsure of the basic rules of the game. She was being initiated into the world of “pinch hitter” and really understood that feeling of being in a pinch!

Congratulations!  You have been hired to work in a Waldorf or LifeWays early childhood program that you have admired for some time.  Or you now find yourself ready to open your own program.  Perhaps you are a new assistant or extended care provider, a new co-teacher or regular substitute.    Yet you have no training or background in the work.  Or perhaps you have been out of the field for awhile and could use a refresher.   We want to help you find the ground beneath your feet so that you can grow in confidence.

It may be a little while before you can enroll in a regular training program. If so, this Early Childhood Fundamentals course is for you. Your teachers, both on-site and online, are long-time early childhood teachers in Waldorf and/or LifeWays programs. We look forward to offering you support and inspiration.

If you decide to enroll in the full LifeWays Early Childhood Certification Training, your ENTIRE TUITION PAID FOR THIS EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDAMENTALS COURSE WILL BE APPLIED TO YOUR LIFEWAYS CERTIFICATION TRAINING TUITION!

Components of LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals include:

  • Feet on the Ground – Our five-day in-person retreat will fill your tool kit with basics of care and education.
  • Fire in the Belly – On retreat, you’ll enjoy delicious organic food.
  • Heart in Hands – You’ll also learn simple and meaningful handwork projects.
  • Head in the Clouds – We will continue our course with fifty (50) hours of online, mentor-supported content and discussion. This will include content from LifeWays’ “The Living Arts – Cornerstones of Care”, “Discipline with Loving Awareness” and “Building a Strong Foundation,” along with five scheduled video conference sessions throughout the school year for Q & A on specific topics. (This online content plus five Zoom sessions add up to a $650 value alone!)

You’ll have a choice of locations for the in-person retreat. Choose between:

  • West Bend, WI (Milwaukee area) August 8-12, 2022  Contact Mary O’Connell
  • NEW – Pleasant Grove, UT (Salt Lake City area) August 1-5, 2022 Contact Tiffany Manoukian

Click Here for a description of the entire course.  Click Here for a sample  schedule of a five-day workshop.

Price: $1500 for the entire year-long course Includes organic snacks and lunch and all supplies for the five day retreat, mentoring and online instruction. And remember, the entire tuition can be applied to the full-year in-person LifeWays Certificate training if you enroll in the future!

Register for This Course

Reserve your place with a nonrefundable deposit of $100 (you will also need to complete and mail Contract and a Payment Plan). Or you may pay in full. After payment you will be asked to complete your registration information on the following page.

Financial Aid is Available

We have funds available for students with financial need.  To apply, students should first apply to the training and then fill out the Financial Assistance Form on the website.

Refund Policy

The $100 Registration Fee is nonrefundable. If a student must drop out of the program, the other fees will be prorated as follows:

  • At least 30 days prior to the course beginning: Full refund less the $100 Registration Fee 
  • If a student attends the in-person retreat but drops out within 30 days prior to gaining access to the online content, they will receive a 50% refund.
  • If a student receives access to the online content but drops out within 30 days prior to the in-person retreat, they will receive a 50% refund.
  • A student who drops out of either portion of the course (online or retreat) within 30 days prior to the start of that portion of the course will not receive a refund.

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